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District Level Philatelic Exhibition at Giridih – 15th and 16th February 2016.
A district level philatelic exhibition was held at Giridih (Jharkhand) by Department of Posts on 15th and 16th February 2016. On this occasion four special covers were released.
Special Cover on Sir Jagadish Chandra Bose – 15th February 2016.
Sir Jagadish Chandra Bose was born on 30th November, 1858 at Bikrampur (Now in Bangaldesh). He studied at local Hare School, St. Xavier’s College, Kolkata and Cambridge University, London. He was a Physicist, Biologist, Bio-Physicist, Botanist, Archeologist as well as a writer of Science fiction. He became world famous for his invention of Cresco-graph, which showed life and feelings in plants. Giridih has been his work place, where many experiments have been conducted in “Shanti Bhawan” which has now been declared as memorial. There is one locked iron chest here which is said to be of Sir J. C. Bose. It may contain many of his secrets. Here he breathed his last on 23rd November, 1937. To commemorate Sir Jagadish Chandra Bose a Special Cover was released (Special Cover approval no. JH/01/2016).
Special Cover on Swach Jharkhand – 15th February 2016.
“Cleanliness is Godliness”, Mahatma Gandhi had said “Sanitation is more important than independence”. Government of India has launched Swach Bharat Mission on the occasion of 145th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi on 2nd October 2014 at Rajghat, New Delhi. The Government has declared to make the country fully clean by 2nd October 2019. The Government of Jharkhand has also decided to give incentive of Rs. 12000/- on construction and utilization of toilets in the state. A target has been fixed to make Giridih open defecation free by 2019. To commemorate this mission a Special Cover was released (Special Cover approval no. JH/02/2016).
Special Cover on B.N. Saha D.A.V. Public School, Giridih - 16th February 2016.
The B. N. Saha DAV Public School, Giridih (Jharkahand) was established on 16th April 1988. It is co-ed School affiliated to Central Board of Secondary Education, New Delhi and imparts quality education to 5000 students from standard I to XII. The school is run with the inspirations, thoughts and teachings of Maharshi Dayanand Saraswathi which has been helping the students develop a sound moral character and healthy mind along with academic excellence. A Special Cover was released on 16th February 2016 to commemorate the School. (Special Cover approval no. JH/03/2016).
Special Cover on Shri Kabir Gyan Mandir, Giridih – 16th February 2016.
Sadguru Ma Gyan (Sadhwi Gyananand ji) established Sri Kabir Gyan mandir in 1985 st Sirsiya, Giridih (jharkhand). Kabir Gyan Mandir is popular as a home of Mother Gyan, a disciple of Shri Vivek Prabhujee. There are precious ‘Bhittichitra’ and elegant paintings based on important events and preaching related to the life of Sadguru Kabir Saheb in the Mandir. Continuous and uninterrupted social services and programme (like distribution of food, cloth, blood donation and free medical camp) keep going in this Mandir. A special cover was released to commemorate the temple (Special Cover Approval No. JH/04/2016).
Courtesy: Sreejesh Krishnan, Thiruvananthapuram
Customised My Stamp on Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) to be released – 21st March 2016.
Department of Posts, Karnataka Circle will be releasing Customised My Stamp on Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), on 21st March 2016 at 2.30 pm. Limited stock will be available after its release from Bangalore GPO. Those who are interested in buying may contact Chief Postmaster, Bangalore GPO. Contact Mr. Shivaram (M) +919480887391, Email: email@example.com / firstname.lastname@example.org. Payment can be remitted by eMO.
This would be first ever customised my stamp sheet with pre printed image on left side of my stamp with matching theme.
Judipex -2016 – Philatelic Exhibition at Allahabad High Court.
As part of the Sesquicentennial Celebrations of the High Court of Allahabad, Judipex-2016 philatelic exhibition was organised by Department of Posta in co-operation with Phila Foundation, Allahabad at the premises of the High Court. The exhibition was inaugurated by Hon'ble Justice Shri T. S. Thakur, Chief Justice of India on 13th March 2016 in the afternoon. The Exhibition will remain open for the public on 14th and 15th March 2016 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Exhibits of Hon'ble Justice Pankaj Mittal, Prof. Gopal Krishna Agarwal, Dr. Maneeshi Bansal, M. Gulrej, Manju Rastogi, Anil Rastogi, Umendra Jain, Anil Gupta, Dr. Hari Om Agarwal, Reeshadul Islam, Rahul Ganguli and other philatelists were displayed in 38 frames. A Special Cover was released to mark the occasion.
Courtesy: Rahul Ganguli, Allahabad
Commemorative stamps on Allahabad High Court - 13th March 2016.
The Allahabad High Court or the High Court of Judicature at Allahabad is a high court based in Allahabad that has jurisdiction over the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. It was established in 1869, making it one of the first high courts to be established in India.
In the year 1866, the High Court of Judicature for the North-Western Provinces came into existence at Agra under Letters Patent of the 17th March, 1866, replacing the old Sudder Diwanny Adawlat. Sir Walter Morgan, Barrister-at-Law and Mr. Simpson were appointed the first Chief Justice and the first Registrar respectively of High Court of North-Western Provinces. The seat of the High Court for the North-Western Provinces was shifted from Agra to Allahabad in 1869 and its designation was altered to ‘the High Court of Judicature at Allahabad’ by a supplementary Letters patent issued on March 11, 1919. On the eve of the Republic Day celebrations on the 26th January, 1950 the date of commencement of the Constitution of India, the High Court of Judicature at Allahabad came to have jurisdiction throughout the entire length and breadth of the State of Uttar Pradesh. Functioning from two locations, the High Court has its main seat at Allahabad and a Bench at Lucknow.
The Allahabad High Court is celebrating 150 years of its establishment. President Shri Pranab Mukherjee inaugurated the celebrations marking 150 years of Allahabad High Court on 13th March 2016 at Allahabad. On the occasion set of two stamps (Se-tenant) in denomination of Rs. 15 and Rs. 5 and Miniature Sheet depicting Allahabad High Court and Allahabad High Court - Lucknow Bench were released by President Pranab Mukherjee. Uttar Pradesh Governor Ram Naik, Chief Justice of India, Justice T S Thakur, Law Minister D V Sadananda Gowda and UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav were present on the occasion. In limited quantity First Day Covers with Special cancellation in Golden Colour were also made available. My Stamp on Allahabad High Court was also released on the occasion.
Earlier commemorative stamp on Allahabad High Court was released to commemorate the Centenary of the Allahabad High Court on 25th November 1966.
Courtesy: Rahul Ganguli, Allahabad
Special Cover on Birth Centenary of Biju Patnaik – 3rd March 2016.
Bijayananda Patnaik (b. 5 March 1916 – d. 17 April 1997) is commonly known as Biju Patnaik. He was a heroic personality and he achieved his name and fame through hard work alone. Apart from being a politician, he was an aeronautical engineer, navigator, industrialist, an ace pilot, popular freedom fighter and above all a renowned and outstanding personality. He was born in Cuttack. His father Shri Laksminarayan Patnaik was a notable nationalist and a leading member of the Oriya movement. Patnaik studied at the Ravenshaw College but discontinued his higher education as he was more interested in flying planes. Biju Patnaik was inspired by Mahatma Gandhi, who fought for freedom. He took part in the Quit India Movement and was sent to jail in 1943 for two years since he was found guilty of taking freedom fighters to secret places in his plane. When the Second World War started he joined the Royal Indian Air Force where he gelled with the British and became friends with them. In 1941, when Japan stepped into the war and attacked Myanmar, he rescued the British. He played a very important role in the freedom movement of Indonesia. He, under the guidance of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, rescued the Indonesian people from the clutches of the Dutch rulers.
In 1946, Biju Patnaik was elected to the Orissa Assembly from the North Cuttack Constituency. As a two time Chief Minister of Odisha (1961-63 & 1990-95), he had visualized and pioneered a bigger picture of Odisha which became an important instrument in making of modern Odisha. He was also a member of the Lok Sabha as well as a member of the Rajya Sabha. He became Union Minister for Steel and Mines in the Morarji Desai and the Charan Singh cabinets.
On the occasion of Birth Centenary celebrations of Shri Biju Patnaik, a special cover was released by the Chief Minister of Odisha Shri Naveen Patnaik in a function organised at Hotel Mayfair, Bhubaneshwar on 3rd March 2016 in presence of Shri Tilak Dey, Chief Postmaster General, Odisha Circle and other dignitaries. (Special Cover approval no. OD/01/2016).
Courtesy: Ajit Kumar Raut, Bhubaneshwar
Commemorative Stamp on National Archives of India – 11th March 2016.
The National Archives of India (NAI) is a repository of the non-current records of the Government of India and holds them in trust for the use of administrators and scholars. Originally established as the Imperial Record Department in 1891, in Calcutta, then capital of British India, the NAI is situated at the intersection of Janpath and Rajpath, in Delhi. It functions as an Attached Office of the Department of Culture under the Ministry of Culture, Government of India.The Imperial Record Department was set up on 11 March 1891 in Calcutta (Kolkata). In 1911 it was transferred to the new capital, New Delhi, and in 1926 it was shifted into its new building. It is a building in late neo-classical style, and originally known as the Imperial Record Office. The holdings in the National Archives are in a regular series starting from the year 1748. The languages of the records include English, Arabic, Hindi, Persian, Sanskrit, Modi and Urdu, and their materials include paper, palm leaf, birch bark and parchment. The records are in four categories: Public Records, Oriental Records, Manuscripts and Private Papers.
On the occasion of 125th Foundation Year of National Archives of India (NAI) commemorative stamp was released by the Minister of State for Culture (Independent Charge), Tourism (Independent Charge) and Civil Aviation, Dr. Mahesh Sharma at the closing ceremony of the 125th Foundation Year Celebrations of the National Archives of India, in New Delhi on 11th March, 2016.
Image Courtesy: Stamps of India | PIB
Special Cover on Muziris Heritage Project, First Phase inauguration – 27th February 2016.
Muziris was an ancient seaport and urban center in the Malabar Coast (Kerala) that dates from at least the 1st century BC, if not before it. Muziris has found mention in the bardic Sangam literature and a number of classical European historical sources. The port was a key to the trade between southern India and the Phoenicians, the Persians, the Egyptians, the Greeks and the Roman Empire. The important known commodities exported from Muziris were spices, semi-precious stones, pearls, diamonds, sapphires, Ivory, Chinese silk, Gangetic spikenard and tortoise shells. The exact location of Muziris is still not known to historians and archaeologists. It is generally speculated to be situated around present day Kodungallur, a town situated 18 miles north of Cochin.
The Government of Kerala has initiated the Muziris Heritage Project to reinstate the historical and cultural significance of the legendary port of Muziris. The region is dotted with numerous monuments of a bygone era that conjure up a vast and vivid past. The entire project is designed to involve and integrate the local community in all intended developmental initiatives. It is an ambitious project comprising the development works of Chennamangalam palaces, Cheraman Parambu, Synagogue and waterfront at North Paravur; a visitor's centre; a performance centre at Gothuruthu; a Museum at Pallipuram, and a Tourism reception facility at Pattanam. The project also envisages the conservation of archaeological monuments within 125 square kilometres spread across Thrissur and Ernakulam districts. This project is the largest conservation project in the country and the first green project of the Kerala government.
President of India Shri Pranab Mukherjee inaugurated the first phase of the Muziris Heritage Project at the International Research and Convention Centre, KKTM College, Kodungalloor, on 27th February 2016. On this occasion a Special Cover was released on First Phase inauguration of Muziris Heritage Project at Kodungallur (Special Cover approval no. KL-10/2016).
Courtesy: Sreejesh Krishnan, Thiruvananthapuram
Special Cover on ALCAA EM School TIN Anniversary Celebrations – 20th February 2016.
During the Golden Jubilee Celebrations of Andhra Loyola College in 2003, Andhra Loyola College Alumni Association (ALCAA) under the dynamic leadership of Dr GV Mohan Prasad, along with many philanthropists, resolved unanimously to offer their alma mater a golden gift. The gift took shape in the form of ALCAA English Medium School at Vijayawada. The Andhra Loyola College Management permitted the use of some part of the College Campus facing Arul Nagar for a structure for the school to give free English-medium education to the children of the poor people of the locality. In 2005, ALCAA EM School came into existence. Present school building was inaugurated on 7th November 2010 for the children of below poverty line.
On the occasion of TIN Anniversary celebrations of the school a Special Cover was released on 20th February 2016 at Vijayawada (Special Cover approval No. AP/04/2016).
Courtesy: Sreejesh Krishnan, Thiruvananthapuram
Special Cover on 3rd Academy Day of Rafi Ahmed Kidwai National Postal Academy (RAKNPA) – 18th February 2016.
Rafi Ahmed Kidwai National Postal Academy (RAKNPA) is the apex training institution of India Post. It was originally set up in the year 1977 as Postal Staff College India (PSCI). Initially the College functioned from Sanchar Bhavan and later from Dak Bhavan in Delhi. It was shifted to its present location in Ghaziabad in the year 1990. On 21st September 2011 it was renamed after Shri Rafi Ahmed Kidwai, the first Communication Minister of Independent India, a freedom fighter and one of the foremost nation builders of the post independence era as Rafi Ahmed Kidwai National Postal Academy (RAKNPA). The National Academy is entrusted with the task of imparting training to the officers of Indian Postal Service selected through Civil Services Examination conducted by the UPSC.
The 3rd Academy Day of RAKNPA was celebrated on 18th February 2016 on the 122nd birth anniversary of Late Rafi Ahmed Kidwai, the first Minister of Communications. On the occasion a Special Cover on Amaltas, the Golden Shower tree which is one of the most dominant trees in the campus was released at RAKNPA by Mrs. Kavery Banerjee, Secretary, Department of Posts and Shri P. K. Bisoi, Director, RAKNPA.
Golden Shower tree also known as Amaltas (Cassia fistula) and by other names, is a flowering plant in the family Fabaceae. The species is native to the Indian subcontinent and adjacent regions of Southeast Asia. It ranges from southern Pakistan eastward throughout India to Myanmar and Thailand and south to Sri Lanka. In ancient Tamil literature, it is called kondai and is closely associated with the Mullai (forest) region of Sangam landscape. It is the national tree of Thailand, and its flower is Thailand's national flower. It is also the state flower of Kerala in India and of immense importance amongst the Malayali population. It is a popular ornamental plant and is also used in herbal medicine.
India – UN Joint issue, Women HeForShe – 8th March 2016.
Gender inequality is one of the most persistent human rights violations of our time. Despite many years of promoting gender equality, inequalities among women/girls and men/boys continue to manifest in egregious ways around the world. HeForShe is a solidarity movement for gender equality developed by UN Women (the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women). Its goal is to engage men and boys as advocates and agents of change for the achievement of gender equality and women’s rights. The campaign encourages them to speak out and take action against inequalities faced by women and girls. Grounded in the idea that gender equality is an issue that affects all people—socially, economically and politically—it seeks to actively involve men and boys in a movement that was originally conceived as “a struggle for women by women”. Since its launch on 20 September 2014, at the United Nations by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, hundreds of thousands of men from around the world including Heads of State, CEOs and global luminaries, from all walks of life have committed to gender equality. HeForShe has been the subject of more than two billion conversations on social media, with off-line activities reaching every corner of the globe.
To celebrate gender equality and International Women’s Day India Post and the United Nations Postal Administration jointly issued HeForShe postage stamps that promote gender equality and showcase UN Women’s campaign to engage men and boys as agents of change for women’s rights.
India Post issued Se-tenant Stamps and Miniature Sheet on the theme "India-UN Women HeforShe" at Dak Bhawan, New Delhi on 8th March 2016. Stamps were jointly released by Shri S. K. Sinha, Member (Planning) and Rebecca Tavares, UN Women representative for India, Bhutan, Maldives and Sri Lanka in presence of other officials of India Post. The se-tenant stamps depict half a face of man and half face of woman in denomination of Rs. 5 and Rs. 25. The images portray girls and women as fully half of humanity and exactly equal to the other – male – half. Together, they make a whole world.
The United Nations Postal Administration (UNPA) has issued stamps in three different currencies in the denominations of 49¢, $1.20, CHF 1,00, CHF 2,00, € 0,68 and € 0,80. (Issuing offices New York, Geneva and Vienna). The stamps (Indian and UN Issues) have been designed by famous artist Mirko Ilic.
Photo Courtesy: India Post
E-Bulletin of Anathapuri Philatelic Association launched – 6th March 2016.
Anathapuri Philatelic Association, Thiruvanthapuram completed 4 years of its existence in March 2016. On this occasion association launched its first issue of e-bulletin ‘Ananthapuri Stamp Bulletin’ on 6th March 2016.
Contact Shri Mohanachandran Nair, Secretary, Anathapuri Philatelic Association to get copy of e-bulletin. Email: email@example.com
Courtesy: Sreejesh Krishnan | Anathapuri Philatelic Association, Thiruvananthapuram
Regional meeting of Philatelic Congress of India, Seminar on Thematic Philately and Governing Council meeting at Jaipur - 28th February 2016.
Regional Meeting of Philatelic Congress of India was held at Rotary Hall, Opp. St Xavier's College, Church Road, Off M. I. Road, Jaipur on 28th February 2016. The event was hosted by Philatelic Society of Rajasthan. Shri Ajeet Singhee, President, Philatelic Congress of India chaired the meeting. Shri P. M. Bhargava, President, Philatelic Society of Rajasthan welcomed the members. The points and suggestions received from the members were discussed in the regional meeting.
On the occasion of Regional meeting and seminar on thematic philately a Special Cover on Philatelic Seminar, depicting Postage Stamps of the erstwhile Princely States of Rajputana and a Special Cancellation bearing the text "Stamp Collection / Preserve Heritage / Philatelic Seminar" was released by Lt. Col. Sri D. K. S. Chauhan, Chief Postmaster General, Rajasthan Postal Circle.
A Stamp Booklet with the 'My Stamp', bearing logo of the Philatelic Congress of India was released by Sri Ajeet Singhee, President, PCI.
After the regional meeting a Seminar on Thematic Philately was conducted by Shri Rajesh Kumar Bagri, PCI – Thematic Chapter. Governing Council Meeting of Philatelic Congress was held in the afternoon.
Army Covers to commemorate President’s Standard and Colours to 119 Helicopter Unit and 28 Equipment Depot – 4th March 2016.
Air Force Station Jamnagar is one of the oldest and premier air bases of the Indian Air Force. No. 119 Helicopter Unit is a Helicopter Unit and is equipped with Mil Mi-17 V5 and based at Jamnagar Air Force Station. It is one of the premier flying units of the Indian Air Force and also known as "The Stallions". 119 Helicopter Unit was raised in Guwahati in Mar 1972 as ‘Angels of Mercy’ with Mi-8 helicopters. 119 Helicopter Unit was moved to its present location at Air Force Station Jamnagar on 20th May 1990.
The unit has been part of many operations including, the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks; relief and rescue after the 2004 tsunami; Operation Cactus in 1988 to stop the attempted coup in Maldives; Operation Pawan - the Indian Peace Keeping Force (IPKF) operation in Sri Lanka's Jaffna in 1987; counter insurgency operations in Nagaland; and Operation Falcon along China's border in Arunachal Pradesh. The recent Humanitarian Aid and Disaster Relief Operations undertaken by the Unit in Gujarat and Nepal stand testimony to this fact. The commendable performance of the personnel of the Unit during various operations has been recognised and appreciated in the form of gallantry awards.
The 28 Equipment Depot maintains explosive ordnance stores. It was established at Amla, on 24th September 1953. This is the only kind of unit in the Indian Air Force which deals with all facets of air armament stores. The depot is a one stop solution provider for all Russian origin guided weapons and ammunitions, and carried out the maintenance and warranty resting, modification and repairs. The Depot played a significant role in the operations of 1965, 1971 and 1999 by providing huge quantity of explosive stores in serviceable condition to the units engaged in the operations. 28 Equipment Depot has completed 62 glorious years in service of the Nation.
The Honourable President of India and the Supreme Commander of Indian Armed Forces, Shri Pranab Mukherjee awarded the prestigious Presidential Colours to 28 Equipment Depot and Presidential Standard to 119 Helicopter Unit at a ceremonial parade, held at Air Force Station Jamnagar on 4th March 2016. The award of President's colours and standard is one of the greatest honours bestowed upon an Air Force Unit or Squadron in recognition of exceptional service rendered by it to the nation, both during war and in peace.
On this occasion the President, Shri Pranab Mukherjee released two Army Postal Covers to commemorate the prestigious President’s Standard and Colours to 119 Helicopter Unit on its 45th raising day and 28 Equipment Depot, at Air Force Station, Jamnagar on 4th March, 2016 in presence of the Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha.
Image Courtesy: Shri Mukesh Kapila | PIB
Commemorative Stamp on Vasantrao Shrinivas Sinai Dempo – 4th March 2016.
Vasantrao Shrinivas Dempo was an industrialist and philanthropist from Goa, who founded the Dempo Group of Industries. The mining business he founded in 1941 has now grown to include interests in shipbuilding, minerals, foods, iron and steel, education, travels and construction. He was the founder of the Dempo S.C., a popular football club based in Goa, which he nurtured after acquiring the local club, Bicholim SC. Vasantrao Dempo Reflective Chair, an endowment professorship at the Tepper School of Business of the Carnegie Mellon University is named after him and is funded by the endowment of Dempo Group. Dempo Charities Trust, the philanthropic arm of the Group runs several educational institutions in Goa. The Government of India awarded him the fourth highest civilian honour of the Padma Shri in 1991.
A commemorative stamp on Late Shri Vasantrao Shrinivas Sinai Dempo was released by Hon’ble Defence Minister Shri Manohar Parrikar in the presence of Hon’ble Chief Minister off Goa Shri Laxmikant Parsekar, Shri A. K. Dash, Chief Postmaster General, Maharashtra & Goa Circle and other dignitaries at Panaji.
Image Courtesy: Kaushik Dessai, Goa | Madhukar Jhingan, New Delhi
Special cover on Golden Jubilee of The Statesman Vintage & Classic Car Rally 2016 – 28th February 2016.
The Statesman Vintage & Classic Car Rally is an annual vintage car rally in New Delhi and Kolkata and the oldest, continuously-run such event in India and the sub-continent. Started in the year 1964 in New Delhi, and brought to Kolkata in 1968 as The Statesman Vintage Car Rally, it is now known as The Statesman Vintage & Classic Car Rally. The main organiser of this event is The Statesman. The major attractions of the event are assembly of vintage and classic cars, followed by a drive through the city where cars are assessed for originality and performance on the road section; display of period and fancy dress; grand parade and live music.
The 50th Statesman rally was held in New Delhi on 28th February 2016. (Two rallies in intervening years did not take place, because of the 1971 war and the 1973 fuel crisis). Around a 100 vintage beauties including a 1938 Buick limousine, Cadillacs, Rolls Royces, Dodges, Jaguars, Chevrolet Impalas, a black Baby Austin of 1918, and VolksWagen Beetle rolled down the roads as part of the 50th edition of ‘The Statesman Vintage and Classic Car Rally’ that was flagged off by the Chief of Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha. The rally began at The Statesman House in Connaught Place and culminated at National Stadium where a prize distribution ceremony was held.
A Special Cover was released on 28th February 2016 on 50th The Statesman Vintage & Classic Car Rally 2016 at New Delhi. Special Cover was designed by philatelist of New Delhi Shri Vijay Seth for Statesman.
Special Cover on 200 years of CMS College, Kottayam – 26th February 2016.
"The College Kotym" - the present C.M.S. College, Kottayam – was established in 1817 by the "Church Missionary Society" England, at the insistence of Colonel John Munroe, the then Diwan and Resident of Travancore with the generous patronage of the ruling royal family of Travancore. Rev. Benjamin Bailey, the first principal, and the other eminent educationists who followed him nurtured the college and set it on the road to becoming the pioneer in imparting modern education in this land.
The bicentenary celebrations of CMS College were inaugurated by Honb’le President Shri Pranab Mukherjee on 26th February 2016 at Kottayam. On the occasion a Special Cover on 200 years of CMS College, Kottayam, the country’s second oldest college was released by Honb’le President Shri Pranab Mukherjee in presence of Kerala Chief Postmaster General Shri A. N. Nanda (Special Cover approval No. KL-09/2016).
Courtesy: Sreejesh Krishnan, Thiruvananthapuram